Interactive online courses are now OPEN for enrolment in:

> 'Commedia dell'arte: Italianate Mask-making & Design'

> 'Fruit Casting: An Introduction to Making Life-like Props'

> 'An Introduction to Upholstery'

Commencing from 2021

Expand your practical, design and making skills, under the guidance of a professional prop and mask-maker.

       From designing and producing a Commedia dell'arte mask to a professional standard, to learning fundamental upholstery techniques — these online courses are perfect for those curious about the diverse practices of making for the performing arts.


Commedia dell'arte: Italianate Mask-making & Design

From the mischievous Harlequin to the braggart Il Capitano, in this 5-day workshop you will begin by choosing your own exuberant Commedia dell’arte character. 

      With this persona in mind, you will develop your own design for a mask and learn to produce it using a range of professional and authentic techniques.

Please click here for an introductory PDF


Fruit-Casting: An Introduction to Making Life-like Props

This four-day workshop will introduce you to the skills and techniques needed to create lifelike props and objects.

      From plaster casting to mould-making, to using latex and painting methods to create realistic effects, you will be guided through the process of producing a convincing fruit or vegetable prop.

Please click here for an introductory PDF


An Introduction to Upholstery

In this half-day course we will learn the basics of traditional upholstery techniques.

      Whether you are interested in theatre, interior design, or just want to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture, you’ll be guided through the process of reupholstering a seat in a fabric of your choice.

Please click here for an introductory PDF


I am an Associate Lecturer in Foundation Theatre Design at UAL and have designed and led Props, Mask Making & Puppetry courses at the National Theatre, Rose Bruford College and at Wimbledon College of Art. Please see my about page for further work credits.

For further information & in order to enrol, please contact Mary at


All courses can be adapted to suit individual needs.